Closed Room: Game Review: Quality room escape gaming for free!

Closed Room
By Ateam

Ateam, the makers of “Ellie – Help me out…please,” return with another top-notch free room escape game for the iPhone.

Click here for my walkthrough.

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Gameplay 4.5/5
Closed Room is an escape game, consisting of the usual room escape controls. You tap on objects around you, picking up some and interacting with others. The goal is to use your surroundings and your wits to solve puzzles and eventually escape the room.

If you’re familiar with “Ellie,” you may be expecting some near-impossible challenges in this game. But don’t fret, Closed Room is much more straightforward, and the items you find offer tips on how to use them. There are quite a lot of clues to find here, and this game will last you considerable longer than most free games in the app store. The controls are also very intuitive and responsive, which is not often the case with free room escape games.

Like “Ellie,” the room is split into only two screens. But don’t let the minimalist appearance fool you. There are quite a lot of items and clues hidden throughout. Just about everything you interact with has a purpose. Also, some items have several different uses, a feature often overlooked in many free room escape games. All this makes the game very satisfying to play through.

I rather like the little red laser dot (and sound) that appears every time you tap on something and there’s nothing there. It lets you know that your tap registered. With so many other room escape games, it’s ambiguous whether your tap registered or not, which can lead to much frustrated hyper-tapping.

I did have a couple of gripes with the game. One puzzle has several parts to it and they all need to be completed in one sitting, because the game won’t save your progress for it. This can be frustrating, as you can’t take a break and come back to finish it later. So make sure you start it when you have plenty of time to spend on it. I also had to redo the entire puzzle because the the “Start” and “Continue” buttons are right on top of each other. Instead of asking me if I’m sure I want to start a new game, it just did so anyway. So be extra careful when you return to the game so you don’t make the same mistake I did. And one last thing — there’s a clue in Closed Room 2 that says the exact opposite of what you actually need to do. That’s a pretty big mistake, but you shouldn’t scrap the game over this. If you get past these few small hurdles, the game offers quality escape fun for free!

Story 2/5
It might be lost in translation, but I didn’t see much story here. I’m not even sure why I walked into this room that had a sign on it’s front saying “Closed Room.” Perhaps some sort of explanation would help me understand why I’m here and need to escape. The end did make me smile a bit, though.
In any case, what this game lacks in story, it more than makes up for in puzzles.

Graphics 3/5
The 2D graphics are very basic, but they get the job done. If you were looking for something on par with “Ellie,” you’ll be disappointed. But the graphics are clear, and I never had any problem understanding what I was looking at.

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Audio 2/5
Again, if you were looking for a soundtrack as immersive as Ellie’s, you won’t find it here. In fact, there’s no music at all in Closed Room.
The sound effects are minimal, but they get the job done. I especially appreciate the little noise you here every time you tap on something.

Replay Value 2/5
Once you escape the room, there isn’t really much of a reason to play again, unless perhaps to practice the “Tap to Fill” game. But this app does include both Closed Room 1 and 2, so there’s plenty of content here.

Conclusion 4/5
These guys are putting bored.com and IDAC to shame with their high-quality free room escape games. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Closed Room. Clues and items were revealed at just the right pace to keep it from getting too frustrating or too easy. It’s perfectly paced.

(P.S. If you’re stuck on the last puzzle of Closed Room 2, try doing the opposite of what the clue tells you. Yeah, not cool. But the rest of it made sense.)

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If you liked this game, also check out  Atmosfear, Escape Game: “An Odd Game”, RoomBreak: Escape Now!!, and these other escape games.

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sd
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I am stuck at room 2, how to solve those equations, 5+13=6… to get abcd?

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

my clock says 14+25-18

Maya
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do you find the lemon?

Maya
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do you open the white box. 🙁

Maya
Reply to  Maya
8 years ago

Ooo nevermind I did it! Thanks!

Ilys
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do you punch in the code to unlock the drawer? I already put the stick in the broken switch but how do I put the code in? Do I fill the bars all the way ?

emma
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I got the piece of paper and it said fgec but i couldn’t unlock it even though i changed the order around a bit. Any ideas?

Josie Medrano
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do i solve the 7th puzzle in the picture frame in the first room?????

Haleigh
Reply to  Josie Medrano
7 years ago

I can’t do the poster puzzle PLZ PLZ PLZ help me

Mr paki
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How to do the poster puzzle I can’t do the chain one

Mr paki
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Why can’t anyone help me on the seventh puzzle! If any one does help me I would be very grateful

Cookie
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
7 years ago

Theres no second plug under the desk after i complete the puzzle…

Tony Lee
8 years ago

Hi.

I have an issue. I had to restart the game like you did and now I cant get the bottom right drawer open.

I did the same thing as before and its not working.

I put the stick in and do A G B C.

Any idea why its not working.

lee
8 years ago

thanks for the above tip. Now, how do i deactivate the magnet?

Tony Lee
8 years ago

Being a old school fan of puzzle game and adventure game, Im not sure if I liked this one.

I still dint understand the use for breaking the “password” for the computer. Maybe you can tell me what was the use for the diary.

I have only played few escape de room game but I dont like when game doesnt make sense. Like the puzzle frame controling a magnet. Or again the diary.

Also the clock thing isnt really a challenge since anyone with few second to spare can find it by starting with 0h00 and check everything. Same for the computer password etc.

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i still do not get the clues for the diary and the clock. please reexplain it. the game is fun and frustrating at the same time.

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

with my diary it is 9 white square and a folder with 3 red bags with locks on it….. now what

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

yes but how do i get it to work with the computer do i turn the lights off. i could not click on the computer then

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i just did something and did not get to see it and said teh first lock has has been something. was i suppose to see something

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i see the lcu but how do i unlock the three red boxes. i have one but don’t know what i did, and it is only white boxes and i click on the black orb. now what do i click on the white boxes

TAMAR
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I finally got what to do and it did not work. 820+45-320=525 i put that on the clock and it did not work..UGHHHHH 🙁

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

thank you. how do i do the clock now;)

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

no i did the diary, but what do you mean by the first hand

TAMAR
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I THINK I AM JUST SLOW. I HAVE ALL THE NUMBERS BUT DON’T GET HOW TO PLUG THEM INTO THE EQUATION UNDER THE DESK. THIS IS THE ONE THING THAT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY

TAMAR
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! IT WORKED THANK YOU. NEXT

TAMAR
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

HOW DO I GET MORE GAMES LIKE THIS I HAVE MOBAI ROOM BUT IT SEEMS MORE DIFFICULT AND LESS FUN. I FOUND SOME ITEMS BUT EHN YOU CLICK ON THEM YOU CANNOT USE THEM THEY ONLY HIGHLIGHT

TAMAR
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i would really like to find closed room 2 for iphone or pc is that possible

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i deleted it do i have to reinstall in on my phone play it again and then be able to get it?

Siobhan
8 years ago

Umm how do I get the clock to work I have the 2 cords in and when I touch them one says cu the other zn or something like that. is there something I need to do cause it still won’t let me change the time on the clock

Siobhan
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Sorry about posting twice I have the comp on and I can read all 3 diary entries

Siobhan
Reply to  Siobhan
8 years ago

I went back to the comp and found what I needed thanks 🙂

Sammi
Reply to  Siobhan
8 years ago

but what do you do…?

Siobhan
8 years ago

How do I get the clock to work the plugs are in but now what

SJ
Reply to  Siobhan
8 years ago

Room 1:There’s a razor blade in the disk tray of the computer. Cut the lemon with it and stick the plugs in for power.

Maya
Reply to  SJ
8 years ago

I have the lemon and the razor blade but I don’t know how to cut the lemon with the blade.

SJ
8 years ago

Closed room 2.
Getting on my wick now.
I like a challenge but can’t waste my entire life tapping on some stupid game.

I don’t know what the White box does.
I don’t know what the green coin picture does.
I can’t figure out the code for the drawer.
Or what to do with the battery.

ATeam, whilst ive enjoyed reading your reviews, and I’m looking in to some of your suggestions, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write a damn walkthrough for these games. Just a rough outline? Anything?

AppLover
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Hey can u at least give me a hint as to where the battery is 4 the white box or whatever u use 2 make it work please

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

how do i get the battery out of the pc to put it in the white box

TAMAR
Reply to  SJ
8 years ago

HOW DO I GET CLOSED ROOM 2 WHEN I FINISHED CLOSED ROOM IT TOOK ME OUT AND THE STICK GREW AND IT SAID THE END. I WOULD LIKE MORE GAMES LIKE THIS WHAT DO I TYPE IN MY IPHONE

Maureen
8 years ago

I can’t figure out the computer, it on but how do I unlock the files? Also I have cords and lemon for clock but now I’m stuck.

Thanks for your help.

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i try typing and it does not work do i use the white boxes where it say diary

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i dont know how/ i just have a folder with 3 red bags with key holes and 9 white boxes when i click on them they turn grey

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i saw the lcu letters but how do i use the white squares and the locks. i did something just now.. don’t know what and unlocked on diary what did i do

Maureen
8 years ago

Ahhh I don’t remember letters on the wall. I went back and looked I don’t see letters on the wall.

Maureen
8 years ago

Am I missing a step somewhere?

Maureen
8 years ago

I got it!! Finished the game. Thanks!

asdfghjkl
8 years ago

idont get the folder 1 in the computer. and how do you unlock the drawer. (closed room 2)

Siobhan
8 years ago

Ok second room the is killing me
It says dacb is the order
And then the folder one gives equations and the numbers just don’t work on the drawer so please can you give me the code

Auryn
8 years ago

Okay I can’t get the drawer open. I know the code, I put the stick in…what am I missing? Is the code backwards or Greek or something?

Auryn
Reply to  Auryn
8 years ago

Never mind. Rearrange the letters, just because. Weird.

Reply to  Auryn
8 years ago

one of the buttons on the drawer combination doesn’t work….do I just use 3 of the 4 letters as the code?

SJ
8 years ago

Apologies when I asked ateam for a walkthrough, I meant to address it to app unwrapper (I took your recommendation and tried atrim escape 2 btw. Drove me even pottier than this game. Liked it those once I got past the the lol).

So spoilers here for the first folder in the second room
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As i understand it, the first column is just an example, and is based on the 24 hour clock. Eg 5pm + 13pm (1pm)= 6pm.

So now you should be able to work out the digits for the DACB letters you found in the glass of water.

My French isn’t good, but I’m reading the message in the plant as the couple met under the moon, separated under the stars and will meet under the sun.

So this must be the coins with pictures on and the positions of the sliding buttons on the picture?

I have the sun and the moon coin (and water and screwdriver), I’m going to hazard a guess the star coin is in the White box.

I’ve put the battery in the White box and got a N (north) button. Can’t figure out what to do next. Pushing the buttons on the box does nothing.

Maybe something to do with the Australia/us/Russia flags.

Since you’re clearly not going to just tell me appunwrapper, could I have a hint please. A big one please :))

Ta everso.

SJ
8 years ago

*Liked it though, once I got past the rage lol)

Bloody predictive!!

asdfghjkl
8 years ago

in foler 1, it says that ‘5-8=C’ how do you get that? will it be 3 or what

DawniJeann
8 years ago

I am stuck on the drafted clock:

Clock code: 14 + 25 – 18 (= 21)
Pigeon painting: 810
Paper in desk drawer : 140

I have tried subtracting 8 hours, 10 minutes, 1 hour & 40 minutes from 21:00. Not sure what else to try???

o.O

DawniJeann
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Yeah, the diary had:

stuff buying a painting (assume that is the pigeon painting)

seeing a friend and they will call each other

then the last was about eating birthday cake (photo of strawberry cake in trash can with 35 written on it)

DawniJeann
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Thank you. I still did not see the logic in it, but did get the correct time by incrementing it.

On to room 2 now 🙂

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

dont get how to plug all the different numbers in …HELP!!!!

SJ
8 years ago

Finished! By completely randomly tapping the buttons on the White box, then reversing the instructions on the paper in the plant.
Very annoying game…made me angry!!! I’m off now to download another one 😀

PLEASE WRITE A WALKTHROUGH!!!

SJ
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I thought it would be something like that, but I’m pretty bad with maps and wasn’t sure which one Australia was lol.

I downloaded antrim 1 and 3. 1 was strange as I finished it in a few minutes! Considering how bad I am at these games and my frustration gets the better of me. I’m sure it was just a fluke.
Tried atmosphere but couldn’t deal with the wobbly controls, sat there waving my iPad over my head and going crossed eyed for a bit 🙂

Thanks for the tips.

PLEASE WRITE SOME WALKTHROUGHS!!

SJ
Reply to  SJ
8 years ago

*atmosFEAR

Predictive makes me angry too. I think I may have ‘issues’
lol

SJ
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Oh come on. Look at all these poor little list lambs that have found their way here! Don’t you feel even a bit sorry for them!!

WRITE A WALKTHROUGH LOL LOL

prkr
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

When I first saw the map and folder 2 I thought I’d have it all done in a minute. But putting in the directions didn’t work for me…I’m assuming I start from Japan and go south following the arrow/flags, but a whole lot of nothing has worked =[ Any help, please?

prkr
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Yeah, tried that earlier and still didn’t quite work for me. It’s also getting me crazy because sometimes the dialog doesn’t pop up after tapping a button and I’m not sure if I hit it or not or how many buttons I have to press at all.

This clue must need some part of my brain I never use cause it’s just going over my head!

tamar
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

don’t know what to do with the flags. click on the map and the flags nothing happens

SJ
8 years ago

@ appunwrapper
Is it just the escape games you are The Don of? I’m really getting into the puzzle/hidden item games on the iPad.
My first one was Buckingham palace which was much better than id expected.
Since then I’ve tried lots of demos and REALLY enjoyed the full versions of Fairings Point and Dreamland. Liked the mix of hidden and mini games.
Wondered if they were your thing or not, I’m after a recommendation which to try next. (bought Salem witch trials…hated it!).
Any recommendations appreciated.

PLEASE WRITE WALKTHROUGHS 😀 😀 😀

Janifer
8 years ago

Can’t move the second button to optn the drawer. How to put the stick in it?

Janifer
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Thanks… 🙂

Edwart
8 years ago

Help…. how to turn on the computer ? ..

SJ
8 years ago

Oh oh. Just seen a new one in the app store “speed escape:chamber”.

Finished Antrim last night. It was hard as I’m on the iPad and the graphics were too blurry to be accurate. That’s what I told myself anyway, as I followed someone’s WALKTHROUGH word for word.

My predictive is now putting WALKTHROUGH into caps all by itself lmao!!

Thank you again for taking the time to give us hints. I’ll no doubt be back in about five minutes with a sore finger and a temper tantrum from speed escape.

Catch you soon.
SarahJane

PS Antrim 3….does anyone else think it’s really creepy that his Grandma is dressed in a sexy maids outfit and is freely discussing her rampant relationship with the castle owner with her own grandson!! Yeurk lol

8 years ago

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Kelly
8 years ago

Where’s the battery for the computer???